The New School
February 18, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Provost's Office, I am pleased to invite you to the third "Learning Here: What/Happens/Next" drop-in event. Last semester, over 100 faculty members participated in two Learning Here events. These informal gatherings are offered in response to faculty members' interests in networking across projects, practices and visions.

Please join us for our next event, a faculty-led roundtable, Monday, February 28, between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the Hirshon Suite, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor.

You can join us on February 28 for any amount of time, or you can participate via the live blog at

We expect a lively range of topics and sessions throughout the afternoon. (You can check for an up-to-date list of the various roundtable topics as they are finalized.)

You are also invited to consider hosting a roundtable on a topic of your choosing.

  1. Simply send me a brief email by February 24, describing your topic and indicating the time (between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on the 28th) you'll be able to host.
  2. Then just be prepared to engage colleagues in conversation, brainstorms, problem-solving, resource exchange, or consultation. (Feel free to bring handouts, resources, webpages, etc., to share or discuss.)

To "seed" this event, Anezka Sebek, associate professor of Media Design and Margaret Fiore, part-time assistant professor, will host a roundtable from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Here is their description:

"We would like to host a table to establish methods for students to ideate collaboratively on a variety of focused research projects. We feel we’ve launched useful collaborative ideation workshops for MFA DT graduate students at Parsons and we would like to discuss the possibility of applying these ideas to other programs. Over the course of 14 years of MFA DT curriculum development, we have found that 1st-year MFA DT students demonstrate the need for a better understanding of writing and research skills as tools for ideation. Specifically, we use writing and oral communication of ideas as a design tool and as a way to investigate and discover arguments and meaning in the process of making and evaluating objects and experiences. Both competence and confidence using these tools are needed to innovate effectively in the broad areas of inquiry that the MFA DT covers: interaction, narrative, and computation.

Please join us at our table to explore ways that we can use our methods and discoveries across the wide variety of research projects in which New School students engage. We aim to dovetail our efforts with the Parsons Datamyne project (Jess Irish, Jane Pirone) as well as discuss and collaborate on a cross-divisional set of research, writing, and dissemination skills."

Remember, the process of the drop-ins is deliberately experimental, open-ended and informal. It's not a "meeting" and it's not a "committee." Instead, think: meet up + coffee house + design charrette + apple cider. You can drop-in in-person or online, for five minutes or five hours.

I hope to see you or hear from you at this event.


Elizabeth Ellsworth
Associate Provost for Curriculum and Learning
Professor, Media Studies

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